Monday, September 24, 2012

Two-Wheeled Weekend

It was another phenomenally beautiful weekend so Steve, the Niner and I ventured out again to enjoy Mother Nature. On Saturday we headed west to try out the Moore's Springs Trails. While this trail was definitely fun in sections, I admit I felt a bit overwhelmed by the very numerous extremely tight hairpin switchbacks and off-camber ledges (I'm more than a little terrified of heights), not to mention the literally thousands of hard mountain acorns littering the trail. During most of the six-mile ride, the sound of the acorns falling from the trees sounded eerily like gigantic hail! So it was a very slow and hesitant ride for me, but the scenery was absolutely gorgeous so my crawling speed gave me plenty of time to enjoy that. :-)
Sunday we stayed closer to home and elected to make this our "longer ride" day, putting in nearly 25 miles total - my longest mountain bike ride yet for the past couple of years. Still fatigued from the previous day, I did wimp out on some of the steeper and more technical climbs, but I was pleased to make almost all the logs.
Including the pyramids.
And several refreshing creek crossings.
I worked on my fear of heights a little at a time on the easier and flatter bridges.
Even working up to the more challenging bridges including the elevated ones and the funky curved ones.
And I actually managed to clean most of the rock gardens this time!
To finish off the weekend, we took Fry for his routine run on our final ride Sunday evening. All in all, it was a spectacular weekend of riding, and I can hardly wait til next time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Early Autumn Smiles

C'mon Mom, it's EASY!!!
 Well, okay, if you say so.

Obviously I'll never have Fry's mad skills or style, but I still love riding this bike!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekend on Wheels

There's just something about the combination of a fabulous new bike - yes, I still LOVE the Niner! - and the beautiful early autumn weather we had this weekend that rejuvenated me and inspired me to spend as much time bicycling outside as I possibly could.
We spent nearly the whole day Saturday on the mountain bike trails at local area parks, riding nine miles at Harris Lake in the morning and then just over seven miles at Lake Crabtree in the late afternoon. I had so much fun that I followed those rides up Sunday with an early afternoon 13 mile out-and-back spin on the Upper Neuse River Greenway - even taking out the road bike for the first time in nearly four years! After a slightly awkward feeling start from so many years away from road biking, I eventually began to get comfortable on the skinny tires again and marveled at their silent speed on the asphalt as I cruised by the gorgeous scenery next to the river. To finish up our weekend of biking, we took our best cycling buddy, Fry, out on the trail for a nice little three mile cool-down ride.
Near the end of the ride, our little hound took his usual quick splash in the mudpuddles...
and then it was time to head home, where Fry got a bath and I relaxed and rested my tired but very happy legs.